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Raul Farias

Raul Farias

Partner
Admitted in New York, California and Mexico
About

Raul Farias has substantial experience in M&A, finance, project development and other related transactions representing multinational corporations, financial institutions, funds and others in the United States and Latin America. He also has considerable experience in international IPOs, distressed sales and acquisitions, cross-border loan restructurings, DIP financings and other banking-related transactions.

He has significant industry knowledge in the financial sector, as well as the energy and infrastructure sector – including power generation, transmission and distribution, renewable energy, energy storage, oil and gas and liquefied natural gas. 

He has led landmark transactions, such as a US$7.2 billion proposed acquisition of a pipeline in Peru and its US$4.1 billion in project financing, a US$3.59 billion sale of Peruvian assets (S&P Global Energy Deal of the Year 2020), a US$2.23 billion sale of Chilean assets (S&P Global Energy Deal of the Year 2020), Mexico's first privately owned midstream assets, as well as many other key transactions in the United States and Latin America. 

Raul is also experienced in international disputes, including successfully leading an ICC arbitration over the biggest undeveloped silver deposit in the world, working on a multibillion-dollar dispute in South America and advising Fortune 500 Companies on multiple foreign investment matters throughout Latin America. 

He has served on the board of publicly listed companies, published articles on a variety of legal topics and participated as a panelist at legal forums dealing with cross-border transactions. He is experienced with corporate governance matters for private and publicly listed companies in the United States and Latin America and has constant dealings and interactions with C-suite executives in the United States and across multiple jurisdictions.

Areas of FocusCorporate
Bar admissionsCaliforniaMexicoNew York

EXPERIENCE

Representative matters include:
  • Advised a Financial Institution in its US$2.9 billion debt restructuring in Latin America, Europe and the United States
  • Advised an operator of quick service restaurants, coffee shops and casual dining establishments in Latin America and Europe, in its US$1 billion debt restructuring and related US$500 million issuance of senior notes due 2026 and €300 million senior notes due 2027 issued by a subsidiary
  • Advised on the US$50 million cross-border financing of a Mexican Bank by a Multilateral Agency
  • Advised on the issuance of US$500 million in Senior Notes under Rule 144A and Reg S by a Financial Institution
  • Advised an Israeli Company on the acquisition of transmission assets in the United States
  • Advised a Mexican Company on the proposed acquisition of a Fintech Company in the United States
  • Advised a Publicly Listed Company on the project development of midstream assets in Mexico
  • Advised a Fortune 500 Company on potential investment disputes in Latin America
  • Advised on the project development and sale of renewable assets in Mexico
  • Advised a Financial Institution on several ISDA related matters in the United States
  • Advised an Industrial Company on several NAESB related matters in the United States
  • Advised on the US$100 million cross-border financing of a Financial Institution by a Multilateral Agency.
  • Advised on the US$15 million cross-border financing of a Financial Institution
  • Advised on the US$50 million cross-border financing of a Financial Institution
  • Advised on the US$25 million cross-border financing of a Financial Institution
  • Advised on the US$3.59 billion sale of a Fortune 500 Company’s Peruvian assets to a Chinese State-Owned Entity (S&P Global Energy Deal of the Year 2020) 
  • Advised on the US$2.23 billion sale of a Fortune 500 Company’s Chilean assets to Chinese State-Owned Entity (S&P Global Energy Deal of the Year 2020) 
  • Advised on a US$1.2 billion reorganization of a Fortune 500 Company’s international operations
  • Advised on cross-border financings for a Fortune 500 Company in excess of US$700 million
  • Advised on the proposed US$7.2 billion acquisition of a pipeline project in Peru by a Fortune 500 Company, its US$4.1 billion project finance and its EPC takeover
  • Advised on the development of assets for a crude oil project in the State of Tabasco, Mexico
  • Advised on the development of offshore assets for a crude oil project in the State of Tabasco, Mexico
  • Advised on the development of three hydroelectric projects in Peru
  • Advised on joint venture arrangements in connection with a 3mtpa LNG project in Ensenada, Mexico 
  • Advised on the project development of a refined products terminal in Veracruz with a Major Oil Company as well as its potential joint venture arrangements
  • Advised on the project development of a refined products terminal in Puebla with a Major Oil Company as well as its potential joint venture arrangements
  • Advised on the project development of a refined products terminal in Mexico City with Major Oil Company as well as its potential joint venture arrangements
  • Advised on the project development of a refined products terminal in Topolobampo with two Major Oil Companies as well as its potential joint venture arrangements
  • Advised on the acquisition of a refined products terminal in Manzanillo from a Trader
  • Advised on the project development of a refined products terminal in Ensenada, Mexico with two Major Oil Companies as well as its potential joint venture arrangements
  • Advised on the contracting of capacity in the refined products terminal in Topolobampo with two Major Oil Companies
  • Advised on the contracting of capacity in the refined products terminal in Manzanillo with two Major Oil Companies and a Trading Company
  • Advised on the contracting of capacity in the refined products terminal in Ensenada, Mexico with two Major Oil Companies 
  • Advised on a proposed acquisition of an LPG facility in Peru 
  • Advised on the project development of an LPG facility in Mexico
  • Advised on the project development of a 2mpta methanol facility in Mexico
  • Advised on the sale of a 650MW combined cycle power generation plant in Mexico
  • Advised on multiple project developments of a solar energy projects in Mexico
  • Advised on the operations of a wind energy project in Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • Advised on the development of wind energy projects in Mexico
  • Advised on the project development of salt caverns in Mexico
  • Advised on an international dispute against the Government of Peru regarding the electricity sector
  • Advised on an international dispute against the Government of Chile regarding the electricity sector 
  • Advised on potential international disputes against the Government of Mexico in the electricity and oil and gas sectors
  • Advised on the development of an ethane midstream solution in Veracruz, Mexico and a joint venture 
  • Acted as secretary of the board of a Publicly Listed Company in Mexico.
  • Advised on a multibillion-dollar oil and gas dispute in South America for a Fortune 500 Company
  • Advised on a US$1.875 billion sale of assets in Mexico for a Telecommunications Company
  • Advised on a US$400 million restructuring of loan facilities in Brazil for a Telecommunications Company
  • Advised on a US$550 million acquisition of energy assets in Brazil and Mexico for a Fortune 500 Company
  • Advised on a US$350 million DIP financing of a Telecommunications Company and several other DIP financing proposals in connection thereof
  • Advised on the acquisition of a business in Costa Rica for a Publicly Listed Company in Mexico
  • Advised on the sale of energy assets by a Fortune 500 Company in Brazil and other related transactions
  • Advised on the US$1.2 billion restructuring of credit facilities held by a Telecommunications Company with Chinese lenders
  • Advised on the acquisition of the largest interdealer broker in Latin America
  • Advised on the issuance of US$625 million in Senior Notes under Rule 144A and Reg S by a Financial Institution 
  • Advised on the issuance of US$300 million in Senior Notes under Rule 144A and Reg S by a Financial Institution 
  • Advised on the US$300 million syndicated financing facility of an automotive company
  • Advised on the US$185 million secured facility of a mining company
  • Advised on the US$350 million DIP financing of a mining company.
  • Advised on multiple million-dollar syndicated financing facilities of a Publicly Listed Company in Mexico
  • Advised on multiple ISDAs for a Publicly Listed Company in Mexico
  • Advised on the IPO of a Financial Institution in Mexico 
  • Advised on the acquisition of the largest undeveloped copper mining project in Latin America by a Chinese State-Owned Company
  • Advised on a US$250 million acquisition of a mining project in Mexico by a Mining Company
  • Advised on the US$50 million acquisition of a hospital platform by a Private Equity Fund
  • Advised on a US$75 million sale of a financial institution by a Mexican Bank
  • Advised on a US$1.8 billion merger of two Mexican Banks
  • Advised on the acquisition finance by an International Bank of a natural gas pipeline project in Tabasco, Mexico
  • Advised on the acquisition finance by an International Bank of three marine pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Advised on several distressed loans by an International Bank dealing with infrastructure assets in Mexico 
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
Education
  • New York University School of Law, LLM, Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Program, Dean’s Award
  • Escuela Libre de Derecho, Juris Doctor, with honors

Awards

  • The Legal 500 Latin America
    2022 - Recommended, Latin America: International Firms Banking and Finance 
    2022 - Recommended, Latin America: International Firms Capital Markets
    2022 - Recommended, Latin America: International Firms Corporate and M&A
    2022 - Recommended, Latin America: International Firms Projects and Energy

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Phone

+1 619 699 2650
(Work, San Diego (Downtown))
+1 212 335 4684
(Work, New York)